FAKE FAKE FLOWERS, FAKE FUNERAL
They completely reinvented my notion of what hardcore and what punk was/meant. I remember hearing Ambulance Vs Ambulance on a Rock Sound comp and thinking “what the fuck was that/I have to buy everything they’ve ever done.” Managed to see them 3-4 times I think? God, they were so vital and chaotic in their approach. There’s very, very few bands that retained that intensity and destruction they had on record and still sounded good and cohesive. Listening back to Burn, Piano Island, Burn! it’s tearing itself apart in places, but still manages to keep it together. I actually don’t think there’s a bad song on that album, it’s pretty much perfect. Also, weren’t they all about in their very early 20s when they recorded that? Fucking staggering amount of talent.
You know what? No bands sound like them at all. Fucking unique in every way.
EDIT: Cecillia and Silhouette Saloon is just incredible.